As expected, the New York Jets began the process of cleaning house first thing Monday morning when the team announced that both head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik have been fired.
Ryan compiled a record or 46-50 in six seasons with the Jets, including back-to-back AFC Championship appearances in 2009 and 2010. Idzik was only in his current position for two years.
Despite a gutsy performance to end their season on a high note against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the Jets finished just 4-12. Ryan had never lost more than 10 games in a season during his tenure prior to 2014.
“Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great post-season runs, which all of us will remember,” Jets owner Woody Johnson said after the news was made official, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
So what’s next for Ryan? If he wants to take a year off, Rex would have no trouble getting a job working as a studio analyst for any of the major sports networks. If he does return to coaching, there’s reason to believe it will not be in a defensive coordinator or assistant coach role.
Several head coaching jobs are expected to open up on Monday or at some point this week. Those could include the Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers. As we explained previously, the Falcons could make a lot of sense.
Rex Ryan refuses to take a step down in his coaching career.
Ryan is expected to be fired after six seasons as head coach of the New York Jets. The thinking has always been that his future would be secure because even if he did not get another head coaching opportunity, he would be a highly coveted defensive coordinator. However, Ryan will will not take a step down from head coach back to coordinator.
Ryan told CBS announcers Andrew Catalon and Steve Beuerlein during a production meeting Saturday that he would not be a defensive coordinator next year.
“Rex Ryan, fired up on the Jets sideline, told us last night that he’s not worried about his future,” Catalon said while announcing Sunday’s Jets-Dolphins game via NJ.com. “He was very confident that things will work out. He said he will not be a defensive coordinator next year. It’s a head coach or nothing. He’s not coaching someone else’s defense, he told us.”
Despite all the headlines he has made off the field, Ryan is an excellent coach who has seemingly maximized his talent with the Jets. Limited by poor quarterback options throughout his time in New York, Ryan still managed to go 46-50 and make the playoffs twice. That should appeal to teams looking for a new head coach. And if Rex doesn’t get a new coaching job, maybe he will go into TV as an analyst.
In case you were wondering if there was some way the New York Jets might decide to keep Rex Ryan around for another season, it appears the sixth-year head coach has already begun the process of parting ways with the team.
According to Dom Cosentino of NJ.com, Ryan has already cleaned out his office at the Jets’ facility in New Jersey. Charley Casserly, who has been hired as a consultant by Jets owner Woody Johnson, has already begun contacting prospective replacements for Ryan.
Cosentino adds that Ryan has not been officially informed that he will be fired, but there is obviously an understanding between him and the organization.
In addition to Rex, it appears that general manager John Idzik is also going to lose his job. Casserly has reportedly started looking for replacements for Idzik, too. Considering the recent story that ran on the Jets website about the GM, that hardly comes as a surprise.
The New York Jets are fully expected to fire Rex Ryan at the end of the season. At that point, Ryan will have to decide if he wants to continue coaching in 2015 or take some time off to pursue television opportunities.
If Ryan does decide he wants to coach next season, Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole is reporting that the Atlanta Falcons could be a possible destination for him.
Cole’s report coincides with a similar report from Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, who notes that Falcons owner Arthur Blank is looking to “ignite a frustrated fan base” and “change the culture of his team.”
“Arthur wants a tougher team,” a source told Mehta. “He wants guys that have an edge to them.”
Ryan is said to have impressed Blank during his interview with the Falcons in 2008, but Atlanta ultimately decided to go with Mike Smith. Ryan then remained with the Baltimore Ravens for a season before being hired as the Jets’ head coach in 2009.
If Blank is looking to create a buzz, it makes sense that Ryan would be his man. That said, the Falcons still have a shot to make the playoffs this season in an abysmal NFC South division. If they happen to win a playoff game, will the team be able to justify firing Smith?
While it’s possible that Ryan is a better defensive coordinator than head coach, he deserves another shot. We have seen how dysfunctional the Jets’ front office has become in recent years. Rex is better than a 3-11 coach.
The New York Jets are one of the worst teams in football this season, and their former star cornerback can’t help but feel sympathetic for them.
Darrelle Revis, who has always had a great relationship with Jets coach Rex Ryan, was asked on Wednesday for his thoughts on New York’s 3-11 record.
“It’s kind of sad for the position that Rex is in right now, but at the same time [the record is] something that they’ve got to change,” Revis said, per Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “I’m really not trying to pay attention to [the Jets’ struggles], I’m really not. Me and Rex have a lot of history and we all know that. Some of those guys are dear to my heart and everything, but like I said, I’ve got to focus on the things that I am doing here, and I wish Rex the best.”
No one feels more sad for Rex Ryan than sad Rex Ryan.
Not bringing back Revis may have been the biggest of Jets general manager John Idzik’s many mistakes over the past two years. When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Revis, the Jets were reportedly No. 1 on his list of teams that he would like to play for. Revis supposedly reached out to his former team and Idzik never bothered to get in touch with him.
After that, it was obvious Ryan was not pleased. He joked about that when asked on Wednesday if he misses Revis.
“Revis?” Ryan asked. “Ah … you know.”
Revis has probably been the best cornerback in the NFL this season. His ability to shut down opposing receivers has allowed the Patriots to dial up more blitzes and put pressure on the quarterback. The Jets, on the other hand, have allowed more passing touchdowns than any team in the league. That’s really all you need to know.
If the New York Jets players had their way, they would probably fire their front office and keep their head coach.
Earlier this week, a veteran Jets player reportedly told Kristian Dyer of Metro that the team feels management has “packed it in” now that they have gone back to Geno Smith over Michael Vick at quarterback.
“I don’t think any of us have quit in this [locker] room,” the player said. “But it seems like those above us, they’ve quit on this season. You can’t do that. Players need to make a living, get stuff on tape, play for that next year. But it seems like that isn’t important, that winning this year isn’t a big deal to them anymore. Like they’re already looking at 2015 and beyond. Maybe they felt that way earlier this year and stuff but I don’t know.”
With his team sitting at 2-10, Rex Ryan is a lame duck. However, the anonymous player told Metro that the Jets are still fighting for Ryan.
“Man, let me tell you something, Rex still has our hearts in his hands man,” the player said. “He still gets us fired up, he gets it. You can tell that he’s doing his best to put us in the best spot to win, but it feels like he’s fighting that battle alone.”
We don’t doubt that Rex cares. He looked like he was about to cry after the Jets lost to the Miami Dolphins last week. The problems in New York seem to be more about a lack of talent than a lack of effort.
The Jets have not been able to draft and develop a quarterback in years. Ryan is partially responsible for that, but ownership has done little to help.
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The New York Jets’ already ugly 2014 season got just a little bit uglier on Thursday night, and Rex Ryan did not take it well.
After the Jets lost to the Miami Dolphins in part because of a late-game turnover by Geno Smith, Ryan told reporters he felt “sick” over his team’s 2-10 record. He looked like he was on the brink of tears during his postgame press conference.
“I can’t believe we’re 2-10,” Ryan said. “What a joke. … I feel sick. We can’t buy a win.”
With Smith starting at quarterback over Michael Vick again, the Jets decided to roll out an offense that you may have seen at your local high school game on Thanksgiving Day. They threw the ball just 13 times and ran it 49. The approach kept the game close, but the end result was the same.
This is obviously going to be Ryan’s last year in New York, and he might take a break from coaching. There have been rumors that he is interested in becoming a TV analyst, and one report claims Rex is already getting plenty of interest from TV executives.
The Jets should give serious consideration to putting Ryan out of his misery. It’s going to be a long final month of the season no matter what they do.
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Rex Ryan led the New York Jets to an improbable 8-8 season last year, which many believe helped him keep his job. This time around, he won’t be as lucky.
The New York Post reports that though Ryan rallied to keep his job this season, Jets GM Jeff Idzik planned all along to replace Ryan after this season.
From The Post:
Sources told The Post that, during the offseason, Ryan bumped into scouts and other coaches from around the league who told him Jets general manager John Idzik had been telling people his plan all along was to replace Ryan after the season and bring in his own head coach.
“Did he think that wasn’t going to get back to me?” an angered Ryan told one confidant.
If Ryan is fired as many believe he will be, he would have no shortage of coaching opportunities. Whether he would be pursued as a head coach remains to be seen, but at the least, he would be a coveted defensive coordinator. But he may end up leaving teams wanting more.
Despite Ryan’s ability as a proven coach, The Post says the defensive mastermind is prepared to go into TV if/when he is fired.
Rex has become well known because of his gregarious personality and bold predictions, so he would be a natural on a TV set. It just would be surprising to see him give up coaching because of how long he has done it, and because of how much success he has had in the profession.
Rex Ryan was fined $100,000 by the NFL for dropping an F-bomb on the Pittsburgh Steelers after Sunday’s game.
The Jets head coach was upset with Pittsburgh safety Mike Mitchell for jumping the victory formation moments earlier, and he cursed in the Steelers’ direction as he approached midfield for the postgame handshake.
Ryan’s fine was so great because he is a repeat offender; this is his third such offense.
Ryan was fined $50,000 for flipping some Dolphins fans the bird at a 2010 MMA event, and he was fined $75,000 for yelling an obscenity at a Patriots fan during a 2011 game.
Rex Ryan was happy about his team finally breaking its losing streak with a 20-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, but he was a little ticked at the end of the game.
As the Jets were trying to kneel out the clock, Steelers safety Mike Mitchell dove over the pile to try to make something happen before conceding defeat.
Rex could be seen yelling “f— you” towards the Steelers’ side as he approached midfield for the postgame handshake with Mike Tomlin. That was likely over Mitchell’s dive.
Greg Schiano would be proud.
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